DPD will soon pilot Volta Trucks electric vehicle in the UK

Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer, Volta Trucks, will soon start a pilot test of its forthcoming Volta Zero with parcel delivery firm DPD. The Volta Zero will be tested within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1-2021, supporting its micro-depot strategy in Westminster. Volta collaborated with a UK manufacturer of electric vehicle drive systems to develop the fully electric truck.

Magtec is responsible for designing and manufacturing of the drive system of Volta's prototype truck, which will be unveiled early summer 2020. Magtec, which is based in Sheffield, brings specialist experience in delivering drive systems for world-class electric vehicles. The company works extensively with OEM, Tier 1 commercial suppliers across the world on specialist vehicle installations.

Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, commented on the DPD partnership: "As the world's first purpose- built full-electric large commercial vehicle, the Volta Zero was specifically designed to deliver parcels and freight in inner city locations where today's air quality and noise pollution challenges are at their worst. The Volta Zero's full-electric, zero-emission operation is perfectly suited to DPD's distribution requirements within London's strict Ultra Low Emission Zone, delivering parcels to Central London's customers in a clean and efficient way." "The Volta Zero is also much safer for the city's pedestrians and other road users than other large goods vehicles, thanks to the unique design of the cab that offers the driver significantly enhanced visibility.

Its full-electric drivetrain also offers near-silent operation, meaning DPD will be able to utilise the Volta Zero in the centre of London in an efficient 24- hour operation." Volta Trucks

Michael Tyrrell Digital Coordinator


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